Here’s a question about (forums.men.style.com no longer active) from a forum member on men.style.com:
Hi. I’m confused with the word of fit/close fit, rib, and slim and such as Nike brand they have Dri-Fit or Pro line…I want to know what is the different. Can someone explain it? What is rib cotton shirt? Are they any diff with usual/normal undershirt? Any idea?
Hopefully, I can clear things up for you.
The terms fit, close fit, and slim fit all refer to undershirts that fit closer to your body than typical box-cut undershirts like Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. Typically fitted undershirts are made out of stretchy material like ribbed cotton (the fabric tank top “wife-beaters” are made out of) or other materials like lycra/spandex/Elastane, Dow XLA lastol, bamboo, or nylon. These types of undershirts fit you closely and comfortably.
A regular box-cut undershirt is usually not form fitting close to your body. Basically, they generally fit you more loosely. You will have much more room in the chest and waist area between your body and the shirt.
A Rib cotton undershirt is different from a standard cotton undershirt in that, the fabric in a rib (or ribbed) cotton undershirt is typically much more stretchy than non-rib cotton undershirts.
Here’s a quick comparison:
Hanro (Ribbed, Fitted)
RibbedTee (Ribbed, Fitted & Not Fitted available)
Nike Dri-Fit or Pro line shirts are not typical undershirts. They usually worn as standard athletic outerwear shirts and are made from a large composition of polyester, making them a bit stretchy and also “moisture wicking”. You can find lots of information about undershirts on my blog (link below).
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.